Seeing Northern Lights in Norway claims top spot on global bucket list
Discovery Channel unveils its travel wish list, and seeing the Northern Lights in Norway tops the 25 must-do life experiences list.
In fierce competition with 24 other of the world's wonders, including swimming in the Great Barrier Reef and walk the Inca Trail in Peru, seeing the Northern Lights in North Cape tops the prestigious list. The bucket list results have been released to mark the 25th anniversary of the Discovery Channel.
Claiming the number one spot is a visit to the North Cape to see the Northern Lights – which 45 per cent of respondents said is their dream trip. The North Cape is the northernmost part of mainland Europe, making it an excellent place to spot the stunning light display.
While cruise is a popular way of exploring the area, it is now possible to join an 'Arctic expedition to the North Cape', inspired by the adventures by the likes of Scott and Amundsen. The expedition includes snowmobiling up to the North Cape, and spending the night there before returning to civilisation the following morning.
The Top 25 Travel Experiences in The World:
1 North Cape in Norway to see Aurora Borealis
2 Diving Great Barrier Reef in Australia
3 A road trip down Route 66
4 Climbing/ hiking the Grand Canyon
5 Gondola ride down Grand Canal, Venice
6 Explore The Forbidden City, China
7 Marvel at the Pyramids of Giza
8 Witness sunrise at Uluru, Australia
9 A boat trip round the Galapagos Islands
10 Walk The Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru
11 A helicopter Tour of Niagara Falls
12 Yellowstone National Park, US, and see the Yellowstone Caldera – the largest supervolcano on the continent
13 Moai statues on Easter Island
14 Normandy War Graves, Somme battlefields
15 Tour the Terracotta Army, China
16 Experience dawn at the Taj Mahal, India
17 Jungle trekking and river kayaking at the Amazon Basin, South America
18 Visit Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice
19 Island hopping in Greece by boat
20 Camping Yosemite National Park, US
21 Trans-Siberian Railway, Russia
22 Masai Mara Great Wildebeest
23 Celebrate Hogmanay in Edinburgh
24 Marvel at Michelangelo’s artwork in the Sistine Chapel, Italy
25 Tour the Rocky Mountains, Canada
Visit Norway is the official tourist board of Norway